War Crimes Committed by Ukraine Military in Donbass: From Illegal Arms Trafficking to Human Organs Trade

By Alexander Donetsky
Global Research, September 26, 2014
Strategic Culture Foundation

Region: Russia and FSU
Theme: Crimes against Humanity
In-depth Report: UKRAINE REPORT

 

ukraine-flag1Numerous reports on systematic destruction of populated areas in the Donbass and Luhansk regions by Ukrainian military have been becoming public domain. The evidence has been plentiful: photos, videos, international observers and journalists’ reports.

Neither the United States nor Europe have paid attention to this information as they considered it to be part of the «Kremlin’s propaganda». Western media outlets have painted the use of internationally banned arms and warfare tactics as legal means of waging war against terror.

Now the OSCE has to recognize the fact that the crimes have been committed by Ukrainian military and National Guard battalions. For instance in the use of non-conventional weapons, the execution of civilians and the torture of prisoners. According to the report by Amnesty International, the servicemen of the Aydar battalion practiced kidnapping and torture of civilians. Some time ago international observers discovered mass graves of tortured people.

Corpse - Ukraine

Corpse – Ukraine

Those who live in Donbass have many times reported «mysterious graves» findings. Two movable crematoriums have been bought in Germany to get rid of the bodies. The burnt soldiers were reported to be missing in action. Many corpses have been burnt without registration and leaving any trace whatsoever.

On September 23, 332 Ukrainian military were put into a grave near Dnepropetrovsk without identifying the names of the deceased.  Only 22 names were known. On September 22, in Zaporozhye 55 unrecognized corpses of Ukrainian soldiers were buried. In Dnepropetrovsk 11 more unrecognized servicemen, who had lost their lives in Ilovaisk, were put into grave.

The atrocities committed by Neo-Nazi (Right Sector) militants need to be described more in detail. Alexander from Donetsk has spent a few weeks in prison. He says they beat him up the first two days without asking questions. Then they used force during interrogations passing him from one organization to another. He did not know anything to share and finally ended up in the hands of the Ukraine’s Security Service. «They put a sack on my head and started to beat me with their legs. Still I was happy to be a prisoner of the Security Service because I knew they would not kill me while asking questions».

mass grave ukraine

mass grave ukraine

The OSCE observers discovered the mass grave near the 22-th Kommunarka mine in Lower Jug. Presumably, civilians were shot by the soldiers of the battalion Aydar. The victims were treated inhumanely, many bodies had hands tied behind their back, and they were shot in the back of the head at close range. One body belonged to a pregnant woman, the other female corpse was decapitated. The traces of torture are clearly visible, murder scheme is the same: hands tied behind the back, shot in the head. Self-defense militia forces managed to find four locals and six Ukrainian soldiers buried. Mass graves were found near Telmanovo, Yenakievo, Starobeshevo and many more in other settlements. Some graves were well hidden. In general, the pattern is similar everywhere: signs of decapitated bodies, bullet wounds, severed limbs.

 

mass grave ukraine

mass grave ukraine

Reports from Ukrainian military hospitals suggest that in some cases human organs were extracted and exported to the United States and Europe to be used for transplant… As Carla del Ponte, former Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Court, remembered in her book The Hunt: Me and the War Criminals, Albanian Kosovars did the same thing.

 

mass grave ukraine

mass grave ukraine

The evidence is plentiful – Ukraine has become a safe haven for human organs traffickers. Ukrainian doctors say there are foreigners working in the national hospitals and they discuss on the phone which human organs of wounded soldiers could be sold and used for transplant.

Ukrainian hackers broke and circulated the correspondence between the former lawyer of Yulia Timoshenko Sergey Vlasenko and German doctor Olga Weber. The main suppliers of the goods were referred to as the commanders of the National Guard. Allegedly donated organs are taken under the order of Western buyers. It’s not the only instance. In the first days of the Maidan protests the Neo-Nazis from the Svoboda political party headed by Oleh Tyahnybok seized the crematorium at Baykov Cemetery in Kiev. There were some doctors among them Tyahnybok had worked with before they were reported to be involved in human trafficking schemes. After that a number of mysterious disappearances of people occurred in Kiev.

 

mass grave ukraine

mass grave ukraine

The last prisoners exchanges between Novorossia self-defense units and Ukrainian military revealed the cases of fraud. The military tried to present local peasants as prisoners of war.

It will take time to identify those who were taken prisoner holding weapons in their hands – were they shot, dead as a result of torture or sold for organs? Europe can help by putting an end to the support it provides for military criminals in Kiev and the Neo-Nazi at their service.

Cameron: No Legal Barrier to Airstrikes in Syria

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said there is no legal barrier to more action against the Islamic State militants in Syria, but this option is not yet at the table.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said there is no legal barrier to more action against the Islamic State militants in Syria, but this option is not yet at the table.

© REUTERS/ Paul Hackett

15:16 26/09/2014

 

MOSCOW, September 26 (RIA Novosti) – There is no legal barrier to more action against the Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, but this option is not yet at the table , UK Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday.

“There are many concerns about doing more in Syria, I understand that. I don’t believe there is a legal barrier, because I think the legal advice is clear, were we to act or others to act,” Cameron stressed.

“I am very clear, ISIL needs to be destroyed in Syria as well as Iraq. We support the action that the United States and five Arab states have taken in Syria, I do believe there is a strong case for us to do more in Syria. But I did not want to bring a motion to the House today, which there wasn’t consensus for,” the prime minister added.

According to Cameron, the situation in Syria is more complicated than in Iraq because of the presence of “the brutal dictator [Bashar] Assad. It’s more complicated because of the state of the Civil War.”

 

British Lawmakers Approve UK Airstrikes Against ISIL in Iraq

This image taken from the Parliamentary Recording Unit via Associated Press shows British lawmakers preparing for the debate on air strikes against the Islamic State group in the Houses of Parliament, London, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. David Cameron told lawmakers "there is no more serious issue than asking our armed forces to put themselves in harm's way to protect our country" as he set out the case for British participation in air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

This image taken from the Parliamentary Recording Unit via Associated Press shows British lawmakers preparing for the debate on air strikes against the Islamic State group in the Houses of Parliament, London, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. David Cameron told lawmakers “there is no more serious issue than asking our armed forces to put themselves in harm’s way to protect our country” as he set out the case for British participation in air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

© AP Photo/ Parliamentary Recording Unit via Associated Press

20:19 26/09/2014

Updated 8:46 p.m. Moscow Time

LONDON, September 26 (RIA Novosti) – The British parliament voted on Friday in favor of UK airstrikes against ISIL (Islamic State) militants in Iraq as part of the international effort to curb the advance of the fundamentalist group across the Middle East.

A total of 524 lawmakers in the House of Commons voted ‘yes’ while only 43 were against the decision. The motion need at least 481 votes in support to be passed.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said earlier Friday that the Islamic State group poses a serious threat to the country’s national interests as well as to the global security.

Britain is expected to join the United States, France and some Arab states in launching targeted strikes on the IS positions in Iraq where the radical Islamist group has already seized vast areas proclaiming a caliphate on the territories it controls, which include also parts of Syria.

A decision on UK military action in Syria is still on the table as it has to be requested by the Syrian government and approved by lawmakers in a separate vote, according to Cameron.

The rapid advance of the extremists have prompted the United States to establish a multinational coalition to fight against the IS. The coalition currently numbers some 40 countries.

Washington has already carried out over 200 airstrikes against IS positions in Iraq and Syria. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have reportedly taken part in the most recent attacks.

Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado jets positioned in Cyprus are ready to attack the IS targets in Iraq as soon as tonight, the Guardian reported.

According to a recent poll by YouGov, 57 percent of British citizens speak in favor of RAF airstrikes in Iraq.

YouGov also found that 62 percent of British people approve of US airstrikes against militants in Syria, despite the ambiguous legality of such in the absence of a formal request from the Syrian government.